Nurturing Your Nonprofit.


Supporting Mental Health in Our Community

October 5th, 2021

The Northwest Alliance Community Foundation and the Mental Health Task Force of Polk County co-sponsored a panel presentation on October 5th, sharing information on how to support people living with mental health issues.  The presentation addressed the needs of different age populations, communication,  listening skills,  reassurance and resources.


Sam Hazen, CSW, Emergency Services Worker Polk Co. Behavioral Health/ Emergency Services
Duana Bremer, Social Service Director, The Salvation Army: Polk, Burnett, St. Croix and Barron Counties.
Ashley Williams, MSW, LCSW, Emergency Services Director/ Call Center Clinical Coordinator Northwest Connections
Alyson Sauter, 211 Community Impact Director United Way St. Croix Valley


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More about Nurturing Your Nonprofit...

Nurturing Your Nonprofit (NYN) is NACF’s series of educational workshops offered to nonprofits to help them function more effectively and efficiently.  We organize 2-3 workshops per year addressing issues confronting nonprofit executives, their staffs and volunteers.  Providing low-cost workshops locally saves participants travel time, effort and money.  NACF conducted a recent survey among nonprofits and asked “if NACF had to choose doing one of these things, which would you choose?  Grants or Nurturing Your Nonprofit?”  The majority chose Nurturing Your Nonprofit!

Topics for NYN have included Grant writing, Marketing, Effective Board Leadership and Fundraising among others.  One great example is Nurturing Resilience, which was offered in partnership with the Mental Health Task Force of Polk County and Northwest Passage. The workshop presented information to gain an understanding of resiliency, why it’s important, and tools to aid us in helping those around us to thrive in this chaotic world.  Attendees learned how we can strengthen resiliency in ourselves and others.

One participant commented: You know what’s wicked cool about a progressive understanding of resilience?!  It means that we have control over building/strengthening it in ourselves and in the people who we work with!  It means that it’s not about hoping/praying that we are one of the lucky ones who happen to be resilient.  We can actually work to create a more resilient world and everyone, I mean everyone, has access to the incredible phenomena of being a survivor instead of a victim!!!!!!!”
Angela Fredrickson, Northwest Passage - 2019

Participants from other NYN EVENTS commented:

  • So much appreciated!!
  • Wonderful.  Thank you to everyone who made this possible!
  • Have more like this!
  • Well worth my time.

Watch for upcoming NURTURING YOUR NONPROFIT events.

NACF in the News


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December 12, 2020

Fall, 2020 With the ongoing challenges due to COVID-19, the Northwest Alliance Community Foundation (NACF) took a different approach to our Fall Grant cycle. In response to our outreach to the 7 local school districts in our giving area, NACF donated $1,000 to each of these school districts for the purpose of helping teachers and students…

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NACF founder Renee Nanez steps down as board chair

October 21, 2020
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Let’s Work Together to Strengthen Our Community

August 26, 2020

NACF ACTIVITIES DURING COVID Social distancing, no large group events – the COVID guidelines have caused NACF to think outside its usual scope of activities these past months.  Beyond the housekeeping tasks of updating policies and refining procedures – similar to stay-at-home chores of cleaning closets and kitchen cupboards – the board has continued to…

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We All Need Each Other–Help and Be Helped

April 11, 2020

As we are all sheltering in place and being extra careful around other people, don’t you begin to realize just how important and powerful is the concept of community? We all really do need each other in order to survive and thrive. In the effort to help keep each other operational, Northwest Alliance Community Foundation, serving Burnett and…

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